Salon Managers: How To Create Better Priority Management

In the salon world, there is very little control over what problems may arise day-to-day. Everything revolves around the clients and their schedules.

This, at times, can be the breeding ground for chaos and cultivate such havoc that you end up coming in on your days off.

Fret no more, we have you covered.

Below is a list of 5 tips on how to create a better managed work life and improve your supervisory skills. These time management activities will get you to your goals during your workday (keeping you at home on your day off) and help you reach a new level of efficiency.

Tip 1. Can it be done in two minutes?

Walking into work on Monday morning (or any morning for that matter) can sometimes feel daunting. Your manager skills are constantly put to the test as you start down your checklist of to-do items. Keeping a list is wonderful, and we’ll touch on that later, but a list can also create the idea that you’ll never get everything done.

Posing the question, “ Can it be done in two minutes?” can be a great exercise for your supervisory skills. Deciding whether you can complete a task on your to-do list in two minutes is like saying “I can get this minimal task out of the way and make my day clearer for the important things”. It’s a spring cleaning for your checklist.

If it’s a task so small that you can truly get it done in a short amount of time, go for it and get it out of the way. That’s what priority management is all about.

Tip 2. Prioritize day-to-day

Especially in this field of work, every day holds something different and requires something new of your manager skills. It’s unrealistic to think that each day you can expect the same tasks, same routine, same circumstances.

This is why at the beginning of each morning, when you sit and look at your checklist, the wisest thing to do is prioritize. Taking just a few brief minutes at the start of your day to know what your biggest tasks are is a great priority management practice.

Even if the toughest things aren’t the first things you tackle, simply knowing how big the hill is that you have to climb helps to get your mind set to get your work done.

Tip 3. Make your list for tomorrow at the end of today

Instead of coming in the early morning and trying to think (with a clear head) of all the things you need to do that day, try taking the last few minutes to write down your tasks for the following day.

If you think about it, at the end of the day, you have your unfinished tasks on your mind. This makes it natural and convenient to go ahead and make the to-do list for the following day. Knowing the importance of time management enough to take this proactive step at the end of every work day will make your mornings that much smoother.

Tip 4. Know when to micro-manage and when to delegate

This balance of knowing when to hold on to a task and when to release can be difficult for managers. It takes well developed manager skills to know how to navigate that road. But, alas, you are a manager and therefore your attention needs to be primarily focused on the work that really requires you.

Knowing when to hand over a task is such a time and stress saver in the work place. You will never be able to complete every job that needs doing and you also need to demonstrate belief in your fellow co-workers’ abilities to get a task done. So practicing this simple time management activity is a great way to avoid overworking and a wonderful way to positively impact your work team.

Tip 5. Have a table to put your worries (immediate/postponed/future)

Let me explain. This idea is not intended to accentuate your worries by any means. This is simply a way to shelf your worries productively, because worries do not belong on your to-do list.

The easiest way to amplify priority management is knowing what to not fret over. So put this table in a designated place and divide it into three sections: immediate worry, postponed worry and future worry.

The immediate section will be good for things that could get done sometime today. This way you’re not forgetting about the task but you’re also not sitting there worrying when it’ll be done. The postponed section is pretty direct: this is for tasks that aren’t urgent and you can put off for a week or so (but tasks that still exists). The future section is for things that are of no urgency and that just eventually need to be accomplished.

This is one of the most realistic practices a manager can partake in for this simple reason: worry is unavoidable but it’s also manageable

All of these time management activities allow you to walk into work every day with a game plan and peace within that there is a place for every task to go. Some days will be busier than others but no matter the flow of a day, you’ll be well prepared.

Simple, practical tools like these are what productivity and time management is all about. You can also better manager your time for appointments with TimeTap web scheduler:

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